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A trip to the Emerald Isle


Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

"Well, thatís certainly not an Irish name," the waitress said, looking at my credit card.

"Itís a Viking name," I informed her. "Who knows? I could be even more Irish than you."

She laughed.

After a week in Ireland, my 11 year old son, Neale, and I were feeling like we belonged there. And why not? Between our Irish and Norwegian ancesters, we were darn near bluebloods. After all, Dublin was settled by the Vikings over 1000 years ago. They named the site Dvblinia. In fact, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the first Viking settlement beneath Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin just a few years ago.

Viking blood is just one ingredient in the genetic cocktail that makes up the Irish people. Like most European countries, Irelandís history is a saga of conquest Ė whether it involved warlord chieftans fighting for land, an invasion by outside forces or a native uprising by upstart Fenians. The landscape is dotted with medieval castles and the remnants of settlements that remind visitors of the historical past.

Ireland is a balance between new and old worlds. A modern economy drives a nation that has recently been termed the "Irish Tiger", as mainstream firms such as IBM compete with other high-tech companies for trained workers. Trendy shopping areas such as the re-developed Grafton Street in the heart of historic Dublin attracts shoppers of all kinds. In the past year, 95,000 new car registrations in Dublin have added to the already gridlocked traffic conditions in the old city. And cell phones have become a modern day appendage for businessmen, cab drivers, students - you name it, everyone has gone wireless.

But while salaries continue to rise and property values soar, groups of Irish workers strive not to be left behind. When my son and I arrived in Dublin, we were delayed for several hours because national carrier, Aer Lingusís cabin crew staff went on a twenty-four hour wildcat strike. And later in the week, the national teachers union threatened a nation-wide work stoppage unless wages were made more competitive.

I mentioned to one cab driver how surprised I was to find Dublin so contemporary, that I was somehow expecting a slower, laid-back pace. He said that it was only in the last five years that Ireland has noticed the effects of joining the global economy. Dublin thrives as a modern city in the new world amid a backdrop of historic brick buildings, narrow twiste .....
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Hoffman Stables

Send the money back?

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

The county board was back in its chamber last Tuesday after having had a week off. The Commissioners, settled comfortably into their new, blue, high-back chairs, took on a full agenda as they got down to business. [Read the Rest]

ELECTION 2000!

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Fillmore County election results By Journal Staff

Cumulative Election Results
for Fillmore County's 39 Precincts


As of 7:00 a.m on November 7, 2000, Fillmore County had 11,793 registered voters. ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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On top of the world

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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By Kristin O'ConnorNovember 13, 2000

The court is their domain. The ball their weapon of choice. The net their gateway to victory. This is the universe that the Mabel-Canton Volleyball Team has created through a legacy of domination in the S ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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